Meet The Maker: Irish Bodhran Maker Seamus O’Kane

Welcome to the second instalment of my brand new “Meet the Maker” series where we learn about the talented craftspeople behind the instruments we know and love. Today we’re looking

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Kwela: An Introduction to the Penny Whistle Music Tradition of South Africa

The penny whistle is strongly associated with traditional Irish music, but that’s not the only musical culture in which this small but versatile instrument has gained popularity. Kwela is a

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Meet The Maker: Irish Wooden Flute Maker Martin Doyle

The Irish wooden flute is a thing of beauty and a musical instrument that takes great skill to craft. Luckily for wooden flute enthusiasts everywhere, there’s no shortage of modern

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McNeela’s Expert Guide to Irish Diatonic Accordions

Diatonic accordions, or button accordions as they are more commonly known, have been popular in traditional Irish music since the early 20th century. They are still widely played today, serving

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The Best Adult Beginner Irish Tenor Banjo for Sale Under $500

So you’re looking for an Irish tenor banjo for sale? Don’t worry, you’re in good hands. Here at McNeela Instruments we have a wide range of instruments specially designed to

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Learn How to Tune Your Irish Bouzouki: A Beginner’s Guide

It can take a while to familiarise yourself with the tuning process for an Irish bouzouki, especially when you’re just starting out. That’s why I’ve put together this handy guide

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The Best Intermediate Violin for Sale Under $1200

The McNeela Maestro Violin is one of our best selling violins and one of the most popular violins we’ve ever stocked. The Maestro is the next step up from my

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McNeela’s Top 5 Best Button Accordions for Traditional Irish Music [2022 Update]

Have you graduated from the beginner stage of Irish button accordion playing? If so, it’s time to look for a new instrument that will showcase your skill. With such an

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What’s The Difference Between a 5 String Banjo and a 4 String Banjo?

What’s the difference between a 4 string banjo and a 5 string banjo? I get asked this question a lot. Here at McNeela Instruments we stock a wide range of

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The Complete Guide to The Irish Tin Whistle

The Irish tin whistle is one of the greatest instruments in the world. Lightweight, accessible and affordable, this small yet iconic instrument is my go to recommendation for anyone hoping

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